Stupendously bloated. Another rare book I couldn't finish and yet I am chalking it up as "read." I think getting through 800+ of 1500 pages without yet caring about the characters or the plot merits an A for effort at least if not for a monumental waste of time. I flipped ahead to the last five chapters to see if there was actually any resolution or moral or... point. No. It just continues off into the distance. Friends have told me this magnum opus was about the "journey" and I realize that this book is part of the Western Canon for many people (including the people behind LOST, the only reason I even began this "journey"), but I got nothing out of it except the knowledge that Stephen King's fantastic book "On Writing" is apparently pure fiction because he follows not a single piece of advice he gives in it, except possibly "write, write, write..."